Empire State College Environmental Residencies


The Adirondack Environmental Studies Residency is held in mid-October at Raquette Lake, NY. This program, the oldest continuously offered residency program at Empire State College. Residency courses blend distance learning before and after the residency with face-to-face group experiences at the intensive residency. Camp Huntington (SUNY Cortland) is an ideal setting for outdoor sessions appropriate to many course designs. Each year, the residency maintains a prominent theme. This theme invites mentors to consider ways environmental health and human health are interconnected and to develop studies from a variety of perspectives (e.g. physical, psychological, cultural, educational, and economic). The studies are focused either on the theme, or on other environmental or sustainability themes or issues, suitable for an interdisciplinary program and for students from a variety of backgrounds and interests.

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The Urban Residency compliments the Adirondack Residency, and offers students the opportunity to continue to learn about interdisciplinary themes surrounding the environment and sustainability. Urban areas encompass half of the population in the United States, and are among the fastest growing areas in the world. As the density increases in the urban environments, so do the modifications that impact the interactions within artificial ecosystems. For this residency, we aim to focus on the issues that are important to urban areas, and the people who live in them. The study is typically held at the end of March.

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The EESFR Residency is a unique opportunity for students to work closely with experienced faculty to develop field and laboratory research and analysis skills that are invaluable in the environmental and earth systems sciences. During their time in Cooperstown, students will gain hands-on experience and become familiar with laboratory equipment and apply this technology to field work and data collection. The residency is of particular interest to students studying ecology, earth science and geology. The residency is typically held during the summer term.



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This course provides an introduction to the ecology and biodiversity of the Neotropics. In addition to content and interaction pertaining directly to the study, the there is a travel portion of the course that is conducted in the field in Central America. Depending on the sites, we will visit a range of habitats and thus range of ecologies of the flora and fauna. Habitats will include all or some of the following: lowland wet and moist forests, lower montane forest (cloud forest), rivers and wetlands, mangrove swamps and coral reefs. At several sites, we may explore the habitat at night, which may include travel by canoe and overnight stays in the forest. We may also visit remote indigenous communities.

We will visit Costa Rica, and explore a range of tropical ecosystems. For our on-the-ground arrangements, we’re excited to partner with Walking Tree Travel (https://walkingtree.org/), who are simply excellent.


Look out for our inaugural trip in the Spring 2022 term (January)!

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